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Schedule for Green Party’s 2014 national meeting in St. Paul, MN July 24-27

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party will hold several events for the news media during the party’s 2014 Annual National Meeting at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 (http://2014greenpartyconvention.org).

Green candidates and officeholders will speak at two press conferences on Friday, July 25. A press conference at 9 a.m. will feature candidates and officeholders from many states around the country. An 11 a.m. press conference will feature Minnesota candidates and officeholders.

The meeting is open to the media and public. A credentialing page for reporters, bloggers, and other members of the media interested in covering the meeting is now online (http://www.gp.org/media-credentials). Members of the media may also register on site at the meeting.

Many of the events will be broadcast live on the Green Party’s Livestream Channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).

SCHEDULE of events for the news media:

Thursday, July 24

4 pm: Press Conference
Introduction to the meeting, with St. Paul, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and national Green Party leaders
Location: David Court in Markim Hall

7- 9 pm: 30th Anniversary Celebration with Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon honoring Founders of the Green Party, including Rhonda Gilman
Location: McPherson Atrium, 2nd Floor of Campus Center

Friday, July 25

9 am: Press Conference
Green candidates and officeholders (except Minnesotans)
Location: David Court in Markim Hall

11 am: Press Conference
Minnesota Green candidates and officeholders
Location: David Court in Markim Hall

7:30 pm: Panel of Elected Greens, moderated by Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green vice-presidential nominee (open to the public)
Location: JBD Lecture Hall
Cam Gordon, City Council, Minneapolis, MN
Annie Young, At-Large Member, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, MN
Laura Libby, City Council, Crystal, MN
John Matheson, City Council, Hilltop, MN

Saturday, July 26

11:30-1:45 pm: Lunch and Keynote Speech with Charles Eisenstein, introduced by Jill Stein, 2012 Green presidential nominee
Location: Kagin Hall Ballroom
Opening performance by Shamako Noble
11:30-12:30 pm: “The Revolution is Love,” speech by Charles Eisenstein, public speaker and author of The Ascent of Humanity (2007), Sacred Economics (2011), and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (2013) (http://charleseisenstein.net)
12:30-1:00 pm: Lunch (served in the ballroom)
1:00-1:45 pm: Q&A, book signing with Mr. Eisenstein

The 2014 meeting, hosted by the Minnesota Green Party (http://www.mngreens.org), marks the 30th anniversary of the first national get-together of Greens, which took place at Macalester College in St. Paul. The first national Green organization was founded at that meeting, the decentralized Green Committees of Correspondence, with the goal of organizing local groups and working towards a Green political organization. The Ten Key Values adopted by the Green Party were put forth during the 1984 meeting (http://www.gp.org/10-key-values).

The 2014 meeting will feature Green Party panels, workshops, meetings of the Green National Committee, and other events. Several Green candidates running in 2014 and Green elected officials are expected to travel from from states across the U.S. to attend the meeting. Greens will also discuss the party’s involvement in 2016 elections.

Dave Schwab

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